Pictured above are Culver faculty and staff members assisting in two days of concentrated efforts in Culver’s archives and historic collections including, from left, Museum Curator Jeff Kenney, Dustin Cowell, Dan Cowell, Andy Strati, Megan Darcy, Vilma Van Horn, Melissa Alexander, Angela Youngen, and Frank Stubblefield. Not pictured is Susan Freymiller-deVillier.
Ten Culver faculty and staff members spent two days during the first week of the school’s holiday break moving thousands of photos, research materials, uniforms and related items, and historical objects in Culver’s archival and historical collections, into a combined collection in the annex to Culver’s Museum and Gift Shop, on South Main Street in downtown Culver.
Along the way, says Culver Academies Museum Curator (and Publications Manager) Jeff Kenney, group members got to know each other, and Culver’s rich history, better.
“I can’t overstate how helpful and important this effort has been and how appreciated is the work of those who participated,” he said.
“Many of us know what a remarkable history and legacy Culver has,” said Culver Director of Alumni relations Alan Loehr. “This work, alongside the ongoing endeavors to preserve and disseminate that history, is an important component in stewardship of Culver’s commitment to excellence and leadership on behalf of today’s students and campus community, as well as our alumni/alumnae body and the public at large.”
Forming the core of those collections are tens of thousands of historical photographs dating back to the 1880s, as well as hundreds of thousands of pages of research material comprised in part of Culver’s massive Central File, which dates to the beginnings of the school.
Work included generating finding aids for the research collection which Kenney says will help immensely in answering questions and providing information not only to Culver constituents but — given the Academies’ role in events and personalities of national and world-wide note — of considerable historical significance across the board.
The group also placed thousands of historical photographs in archive-safe materials and developed deeper organization of a number of other Culver collections on-site.